Ascent of Taum Sauk Mountain on 2012-04-21

Climber: William Musser

Others in Party:Karen Musser
Date:Saturday, April 21, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Taum Sauk Mountain
    Elevation:1772 ft / 540 m

Ascent Trip Report

This should of been an very uneventful deal but.......I ended up in the hospital. Later on that. Climbed the Conservation Tower first as recommended and it is about 60 to 65 feet to the locked trap door. Very nice views from there. Very open and steep so some with height anxiety will not like it. The couple behind us gave up after one story. Karen liked it.

The Trail to the HP is easy and flat. We decided to go past the HP and hike the 3 mile loop of the Mina Sauk Falls trail. The falls are worth the trip to make it a hike. Lot of reptiles. Saw 2 snakes including a ring neck snake and 3 species of lizards. At least 20 lizards on the trip - the most I have ever seen on a short hike in my life.

The falls were a series of pool and drops. Adds something to the trip to go see them. We had 65 feet of add gain up and down bumps each way and then another say 60 feet of gain climbing up and down the falls to see them. Including the tower, I estimated the add gain at bottom of page.

Got back and rewarded ourselves with a nice dinner and a bed and breakfast. Had one beer. It had been a month since my last bout with afib and aflutter that landed me in a hospital in BVI. Damn alchohol! Ok Dr. I get it this time no more ever! Heart started fibbing and fluttering and went to triage center. Dr proclaimed "you have no P waves!' ha! and stuck me with an IV and called for a ambulance. Karen began to cry. I said all is fine!15 minutes into the ride to the hospital in St Louis (2 hours away) the EMT in back began to get all freaked out about my ekg and the numbers bouncing around from too slow to way too fast and next thing I know they call for a helicopter ride and I spend 3 days in the hospital! Geeeeeeeeeesh OK not even one beer? Diagnosis a-fib/fluter triggered by alcohol one month apart. The helicopter ride was $25k! I think I should have at least been med-evacuated off K2 for that price geeeeeesh!

Add gain calcs:

65(tower)+65(add gain)+ extra climbing along the falls up and down (60)+ gain from the bottom of the falls at around elevation 1,300 (1770-1300=470); therefore 65+65+60+470=660
On return another 65 (add gain)

Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:737 ft / 223 m
    Total Elevation Loss:737 ft / 224 m
    Round-Trip Distance:3.2 mi / 5.1 km
    Grade/Class:1, minor 3
    Quality:5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Stream Ford, Scramble
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
50F and beautiful out
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:672 ft / 204 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 12 ft / 4 m; Extra: 660 ft / 201m
    Loss on way in:660 ft / 201 m
    Distance:3.1 mi / 5 km
    Route:HP trail, Mina Sauk Falls
    Start Trailhead:Parking TH  1760 ft / 536 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:77 ft / 23 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 12 ft / 4 m; Extra: 65 ft / 19m
    Gain on way out:65 ft / 19 m
    Distance:0.1 mi / 0.2 km
    Route:HP trail, Mina Sauk Falls
    End Trailhead:Parking TH  1760 ft / 536 m
Ascent Part of Trip: TaumSauk

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Hughes Mountain2012-04-21 a410 ft / 125 m
2Elephant Rocks State Park High Point-second boulder from top2012-04-21 b180 ft / 55 m
4Taum Sauk Mountain2012-04-21 c737 ft / 225 m
5Russell Mountain2012-04-21 d76 ft / 23 m
Total Trip Gain: 1403 ft / 428 m    Total Trip Loss: 1373 ft / 419 m

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